A Hidden Treasure
By Agnes Aui
Find solace among the houses in Uptown Damansara at Ground, a minimalistic and scale cafe that serves breathtaking fusion alongside stunning coffee and tea creations. The interior is simple over here, yet beautiful for aesthetic pictures, which is the focus when food hunting these days. With luscious greenery throughout the space, it’s easy to feel at ease as you indulge in its impressive creations.
The polo diavola is Italian for ‘devil’s chicken’, where half a chicken is marinated in Italian flavours, mustard, honey and herbs. Served with a side of mashed potato and salad, the chicken was succulent and juicy while the sweet and herby flavours exploded with every bite we took. Within minutes, the chicken had been wiped clean to its bones, the fragrant combination left lingering on our taste buds.
Carbonara is made the classic way at Ground. The sauce is made of cream, parmesan cheese and an egg yolk, and was easily our favourite as the familiar yet bold flavours made it an interactive experience. An ultimate definition of Asian and Western fusion would have to be the braised BBQ beef. The dish featured generous portions of soft and tender braised beef atop a slice of crunchy and fresh sourdough bread, a definite ideal dish for weekend brunches.
However, if you’re looking for other brunch options, try the kaya and egg toast that’s an elevated version of your casual kopitiam eggs and toast. Apart from that, you can try the homemade pastries like the banana and almond croissant or the sea salt kouign-amann. Our personal favourite was the latter, a crunchy, sweet and salty mix that still has us reminiscing for more.
If you’re wondering what to pair your dishes with, go ahead with some of Ground’s delicious drink creations like the cold tea macchiato. The drink is a play on macchiato but with aromatic tea instead, bringing together a unique combination of frothy milk on top with refreshing tea at the bottom. It was truly like no other union we had tasted before. Another favourite of ours was the V60, a brew from Kenya with flavours of blackcurrant, red apple and Coca Cola. However, the V60 changes from time to time based on season so expect a special surprise every time you pay a visit.
Address: Ground *cafe *fusion cuisine *halal
No 27, Jalan SS 21/34, Damansara Utama,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Tel: 03-7731 5334